The law considers buses as common carriers, whether they are school buses, public transportation buses, tour buses, or buses run by private companies for traveling long distances. Bus operators, therefore, are required to provide the highest degree of care possible to ensure the safety of all passengers. In fact, bus drivers are held to a standard that is higher than that of regular motor vehicle drivers.
Like all vehicular accidents, bus crashes can result in serious damage to vehicles involved in the crash, as well as individuals inside those vehicles or those around the area of the crash. Unfortunately, due to the fact that buses are larger than the majority of vehicles on the road, injuries sustained in a bus accident are often more severe compared to those that are caused by other types of vehicles. Passengers may be thrown across the bus, against the vehicle’s parts, or out of the bus completely.
The general lack of on-board safety measures on buses such as seatbelts can put riders at serious risk for injuries like brain damage, fractures, abrasions, sprains, head and neck injury, spinal cord injury, loss of a limb, paralysis, internal and soft tissue injury, and even death.
Bus accident victims and their family members are left to deal with mounting medical expenses, and are at times left too disabled to return to work. Passengers who are injured while on a bus may therefore be entitled to file a claim seeking financial compensation for any losses and damages that result from an accident. However, filing a bus accident claim is a complex process, as there are numerous entities that may be considered liable for the accident, such as the bus driver, the bus owner or operator, the local school district, the mass transit system, or even the government.
It is in your best interest to seek legal representation from an attorney who has experience with commercial vehicle accidents and can help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses. Damages may include medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and property damage.
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If you or a loved one is injured in a Florida bus accident, the injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney will help you to protect your rights.
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